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Where does mood reside? [And some more questions on mood].

Asked by rebbel (34337points) April 20th, 2012

Apparently according to a newspaper article I read recently the (old) Greeks were convinced that mood was to be found in the gut area.
Where does your mood reside?
Where the Greeks placed it? The brain? The heart? Somewhere else?

Side question:
Are you known with the phenomenon of sudden inexplicable mood changes (preferably from satisfied/‘normal’ to ‘moody’/grumpy)?
Can they sometimes really be inexplicable, or is (should/could) there always an assingnable cause for it?

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Blondesjon's avatar

Sometimes it’s in a bottle,
Sometimes it’s in a joint,
Sometimes it’s just simply in us
At least that’s supposed to be my point.

ragingloli's avatar

First of all, his name is “moot”, and he resides on 4chan

Sunny2's avatar

I think it’s throughout a person. The things that influence it are general health, reactions to what’s going on at the moment, to what went on prior to the mood, to expectations, and to reactions to unknown circumstances. Actually, many people feel it in the stomach; others, in the head. They certainly can be inexplicable to the observer and the subject may not want to talk about it, THANK YOU!

wildpotato's avatar

Ha, definitely the guts for me. Being in pain or not is a large part of what sort of mood I’m in.

Just curious – are we talking about the pre-Socratic Greeks? I checked out your wiki-link and didn’t see the reference.

I think sudden mood changes usually have a definable cause, though I think some, like anger or grief, generally need more of a stimulus than others, like contentment. This one line of Louis Sachar’s Sideways Stories From Wayside School always stuck with me: “You need a reason to be sad. You don’t need a reason to be happy.”

rebbel's avatar

@wildpotato I am sorry, the link was to clarify about what mood I was talking about.
The reference I found in a newspaper (I wasn’t able to find it online, but maybe there are some Jellies that know their Greeks).

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I think mine resides in the heart chakra.

Coloma's avatar

Mood always originates in thought. It is our thinking that creates our moods, for better or for worse, unless you have brain chemistry issues. Thoughts create feelings and feelings manifest as moods. Simple and true.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

The Limbic system of the brain plays an important role in the experience of mood (emotion) but the cortex actively processes limbic input and experience from memory to interpret and respond to emotion.

Berserker's avatar

I don’t know where my moods come from besides my brain I guess. If they do indeed come from some other body part. It’s the engulfing thereof that I seem to pay more attention to. :/ I always just figured that events triggered my moods, or at least, made me think so. I don’t know much of it beyond that, if that was even right. Seemed a lot easier when I wasn’t tryna stop drinking though, haha.

Keep_on_running's avatar

My right butt cheek, but mostly my brain.

downtide's avatar

Presumably in my brain, affected by endorphins, serotonin and other chemicals.

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john65pennington's avatar

My mood change is controlled by the scar tissue in my lower spine. I wake up in the morning and can hardly walk. Overnight, the scar tissue has taken over the muscles and the area of my lower spine. First order of the day is a muscle relaxer and a pain pill. I generally wait about an hour, before I place my feet on the floor. After the pain medication kicks in, I am determined to get out of bed and make the best of another agonizing day. I keep a smile on my face, just for show. Inside, back pain effects my whole mood for my whole day and night. I know there is no medical answer to scar tissue, so I make the best of it. Constant pain makes a person’s mood change from minute to minute. Bending over and sitting and rising from a sitting position, is a major pain alert. The sirens in my brain are screaming for an all-out mood change. Being in pain all the time, makes for a terrible mood in humans.

I should be taking acting lessons on how to play the part of a human without pain.

I do my best to make it work and to continue to live a normal life.

Bill1939's avatar

I believe that emotions are the means by which the body communicates with consciousness. No doubt that your body’s inability to resolve its pain is depressing. Likely you experience frustration and anger as well. Many major hospitals have pain management programs. Since I do not know where you live, I am providing a few websites for information and possible locations where help may be available to you.

I hope you can find help for your debilitating pain soon.

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